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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Malegaon blast: SC seeks NIA response over plea to cancel Pragya Thakur’s bail

The Bombay High Court granted bail to Pragya Singh Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blast case saying there was no prima facie evidence against her.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2017 21:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was charged in the Malegaon bomb blast case. (HT File Photo)
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was charged in the Malegaon bomb blast case. (HT File Photo)

The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a petition seeking cancellation of bail granted by the Bombay High Court to Pragya Singh Thakur in the Malegaon blast case and sought a response from investigating agency NIA.

A bench headed by Justice RK Agrawal also asked Thakur to submit her response before the next hearing on August 14. The matter will be heard with Colonel Shrikant Purohit’s petition for bail in the same case.

The petition, filed by Malegaon resident Nisar Ahmed Bilal, alleged that the high court erred in concluding that there was no prima facie evidence against Thakur. Six people were killed in the blast in 2008.

“The HC failed to appreciate ample and exhaustive evidence that unequivocally points to her (Thakur’s) involvement as one of the chief conspirators, abettors and perpetrators of the Malegaon blasts. The material on record shows she was in collusion with several co-accused in a criminal conspiracy to carry out the blasts,” the petition said.

In April this year, the high court granted bail to Thakur but rejected Purohit’s plea for release. It held that prima facie there was no case made against her. She was asked to surrender her passport to the NIA and asked not to tamper with evidence.

After taking over the probe from Maharashtra Police, the NIA filed a supplementary chargesheet in May, dropping charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Thakur and five others.

She was charged by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad in 2009 which said her motorcycle was used to plant the bomb that killed six and injured many.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 21:41 IST